Caspian Piper (T Cannon)We are set for a very busy Thursday, with four runners at Stratford and one apiece at Southwell and Sedgefield. The travelling staff will have a day to recover, but then it is back in the lorry as we could well have runners at Cartmel on Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday!

There has been a huge amount of rain in certain parts of the UK in recent days, but somehow Stratford and Southwell are currently good, whilst it is good to firm at Sedgefield, where Caspian Piper (right) will be bidding for a third success of the season – he was withdrawn from his intended race at Fontwell Park on Tuesday due to the heavy ground.

I hJ6099 Double sided CHE Jump Festival A5 2pp v4_HR (1)ave been pinpointing a few races for some of our winter horses that will be reappearing in the coming weeks and I’m hoping to have a few runners at Chepstow’s opening couple of jumps meetings of the season.  They start back on Wednesday 30th September, but the two-day meeting on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October is when the action hots up, with the 4yo handicap hurdle (formerly the Free Handicap), the Silver Trophy and the Grade 2 Persian War spread over the two days.  It is one of the curtain-raising cards for the winter months and further details can be found by visiting their Chepstow Racecourse website.